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Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Laboratory

Welcome to the Innovation and Intellectual Property (IIPM) Laboratory that is led by Prof. Frank Tietze. We are part of the University's Engineering Department, Division E (Institute for Manufacturing), particularly the IfM's Centre for Technology Management (CTM). 

 As integral part of the Centre for Technology Management, the IIPM lab adopts an engineering management (firm level) and relational perspective on IP within distributed and collaborative (open) innovation processes and systems for emerging (manufacturing) technologies. Employing predominately problem-driven research approaches, our research focuses on the role of IP and its strategic management for developing and deploying sustainable innovation (e.g. climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies), addressing global challenges, such as climate change, achieving sustainable development goals (SDG), and accelerating sustainability transitions.

Our research on Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) focuses on two priority areas:

1. Strategic IP management for effective innovation processes

We focus on IP issues that are of strategic relevance for technology-based firms, e.g. within R&D activities, innovation processes but also in corporate strategy and decision making. Our research focuses on IP management in the context of emerging technologies, particularly those that help address global challenges, such as climate change, achieving sustainable development goals (SDG), and accelerating sustainability transitions. 

2. New technologies for reinventing IP management

Technologies underpinning IP management have changed drastically over the recent decades with patent data being digitized and the continuous development of increasingly sophisticated software solutions for analyzing and visualizing IP data. This has just been the beginning and we are at a tipping point for how IP management is being handled. Technologies such as AI, deep and machine learning, and natural language processing have been adopted in other domains already to a much more sophisticated level than for IP analytics. Technologies, such as blockchain (and distributed ledger technologies) may contribute to the digitization of licensing transactions and the automation of complex royalty payment streams. We are interested to better understanding the business cases and models for those and other technologies and contributing to the development of such solutions that help to "reinvent" IP management. 

 

 

Latest news

PhD student secures Enrichment Placement Award at The Alan Turing Institute

10 October 2022

Congratulations to Max for securing a place on The Alan Turing Institute’s 2022/23 Enrichment scheme. His research focuses on the identification and classification of climate change mitigation technologies from patent data. Further details here .

Frank Tietze becomes President of the EPIP Association

21 September 2022

Following the general assembly at this year's EPIP conference Frank Tietze has been confirmed as the association's new president.

Maximilian Elsen on research visit at ETH Zurich

11 August 2022

Max, who is currently a second year PhD Candidate within the IIPM, is visiting ETH Zurich over July and August to work in the Group for Sustainability and Technology ( https://sustec.ethz.ch/ ). Within his PhD, Max works on a project that researches the sustainability value of firm-level patent portfolios. He works...